For many swimmers, a lap pool in the backyard is just the thing. But what are typical lap pool dimensions, and how much do these pools cost?
A rundown of the best pool shade ideas. Includes info on shade trees, umbrellas, and other options for protecting your pool and patio from the sun.
Don’t have the space for a large pool? Here are some ideas on how to design and build the best small pools for small yards.
What good is having a private pool if it’s not, well, private? Here are some pool privacy ideas to consider, including privacy screens, fences, and more.
Some swimming pool trends turn out to be fads that fade away after a few summers. Others hold so much appeal that they become mainstays of backyard pool design. Only time will tell, but the Baja shelf appears to fit in the “mainstay” category. You might know it by another name: tanning ledge, tanning shelf, […]
Should I get a pool? It’s not a question to take lightly, nor one that’s necessarily easy to answer. In the final analysis, it boils down to whether the joys of having your own backyard pool are worth the costs and commitments. Of course, people differ in how they reckon the upsides and downsides of […]
When you think of green swimming pools, you probably think of algae problems and poor sanitation. But there’s at least one case where having a green pool is actually a good thing, and that’s when we’re talking about the environment. Whether a conventional swimming pool can be truly eco-friendly is a matter of debate. The […]
There are lots of reasons to get a swimming pool, but for many homeowners, it’s all about having a little slice of heaven in your backyard. After all, who wouldn’t love to be able to step outside their house and into their own private oasis? This, in a nutshell, is why many prospective pool owners […]
Skimming leaves. Testing water chemistry. Cleaning grime off of pool walls. These are not the activities most people envision themselves doing when they’re planning a new backyard pool. And yet these tedious tasks are as much a part of pool ownership as all of those fun activities you’d rather be thinking about. It’s no wonder […]
Whether you’re actively planning a new swimming pool or just tinkering with the idea, you’re bound to come across some grim statistics at some point. Here’s one example of what we mean: Last summer, at least 174 children drowned in swimming pools and spas in the United States. It might be the last thing you […]
One of the joys of having your own backyard swimming pool is sharing it with friends. After all, swimming is more fun with other people. Besides, given how much you’re investing in your new pool, it would be a shame to keep it to yourself. Fortunately, getting people to show up for a pool party […]
Installing an inground swimming pool is a big job. Any fool can see that. But exactly how big are we talking here? Getting a straight answer to that question can be tricky. You want to swim in your new pool as soon as possible. You want your backyard to be a construction zone for as […]